6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

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6 days in Great Barrier Reef Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  27​h
1
Airlie Beach
— 1 night
ferry:  1​h
2
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Cairns
— 1 day
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Heart Reef, then enjoy the sand and surf at Airlie Beach Lagoon, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: stop by Beach Book Boutique, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, and then choose your vessel at Cumberland Charter Yachts.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Airlie Beach travel planner.

Los Angeles, USA to Airlie Beach is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Los Angeles to Airlie Beach, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Los Angeles, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Airlie Beach, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to ride a ferry to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Adventure
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Heart Reef ©
Heart Reef
Waterskiing & Jetskiing

2
nights
Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island ©
A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): tee off at Hamilton Island Golf Club, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then enjoy the sand and surf at Catseye Beach, and finally get outside with Jetryder.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hamilton Island trip itinerary site .

Ride a ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In October, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

#Outdoors, #Beaches, #Parks
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Hamilton Island Golf Club ©
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Spas & Wellness

1
day
Cairns

Cairns ©
A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): choose your vessel at Shaolin Junk Cruises, then hike along Esplanade Boardwalk, and then head off the coast to Michaelmas Cay.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Cairns trip website .

You can fly from Hamilton Island to Cairns in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and train. In October, daily temperatures in Cairns can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cairns

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Michaelmas Cay ©
Michaelmas Cay
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk

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